Over the past several years, the term “mobility” has become very popular in the exercise community. When it comes to pre-exercise warm-ups, the new and cool “mobility work” (based on foam rolling), has even come to rival the old-school standard of stretching. Although one term his hip, and the other is an old standard, they both shoot for the same results, more joint motion caused by less muscle contraction. Let’s take a look at the definitions of terms that mobility is based on, stretching, flexibility and mobility.
- Stretching – according to one of the biggest publishers of human performance books, “The goal of a static stretching is to overcome the stretch reflex in order to coax a joint into a wider range of motion.”
- Flexibility – defined by Gummerson as “the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints that is attainable in a momentary effort with the help of a partner or piece of equipment.”
- Mobility – the ability to move or be moved freely and easily.
What should set off alarms to anyone in the medical and/or human performance field when reading the above is the use of the phrases “overcome the stretch reflex,” “coax a joint into a wider range of motion,” “absolute range of movement,” “with the help of a partner or piece of equipment,” and “moved freely and passively.”
As a professional that helps patients recover from and avoid injury, I understand that all joint movement should be a byproduct of normal neuromuscular facilitation, muscle should be reactive and resist external forces, the stretch reflex is a healthy protective mechanism, absolute range of motion should be dictated by joint stability and strength, forcing muscles to give into external forces provided by partners or equipment is dangerous, and joints that move freely and easily eventually break down.
Because they conventional medical model continues to follow the mantras above, The One80 System has developed a unique alternative,
Motion + Strength + Stability = MoStreBility.
See if the following sounds like a healthier and wiser replacement for flexability and mobility;
- Motion – a change in position of an object over a period of time.
- Strength – inherit capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist.
- Stability – the strength to stand or endure, a condition of equilibrium or study motion, to develop forces or moments that restore original condition.
When we combine these, we get to controlled motion over a period of time, while resisting external forces, storing of energy, and the ability to endure an event or restore the original condition. That is why MoStreBility is more effective and safer than flexibility and mobility, and is always the goal of The One80 System.